Museu Picasso ★★

TK, Barcelona
Studies from "Las Meninas" by Pablo Picasso in Barcelona's Museu Picasso. (Photo by Ivan Lian)

The greatest Picasso museum outside of Paris, filled with his early works, is in Barcelona

Ciencia y Caridad (1879) by Pablo Picasso
Picasso's Science and Charity (1897) painted at age 16.
Although born in Andalusia, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) moved to Barcelona at age 14, and it was here, in the academy where his father taught, that he learned his craft.

Barcelona was lucky enough soon after opening this museum to secure—from the master himself, who donated them to the museum—a collection of 921 paintings, many of them his earliest works, which his mother, sister, and nephew had preserved.

The very first room disproves the old tongue-in-cheek myth that Picasso invented Cubism merely because he couldn't draw properly.

Las Meninas (1957) by Pablo Picasso
One of Picasso's Las Meninas studies (1957).
Here you'll see remarkable drawings and paintings executed in a classical style with a high degree of realism—all when Picasso was a young teenager.

Other paintings show how Picasso also studied and dabbled with Impressionism and his fellow post-Impressionists, with works clearly inspired by Manet, Courbet, and Cezanne.

Not that there aren't also plenty of the more familiar Cubist works. Of the other 4,249 works in this collection, seek out his series of Cubist takes—58 paintings and drawings—based on his studies of Las Meninas, Velázquez's masterpiece in Madrid's Prado museum.

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Museu Picasso details


Montcada 15-23

Tel. +34-932-563-000


Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 9am–7pm
Thurs 9am–9:30pm
Closed Mon


Free: After 3pm Sun; All day last Sun of month
With Barcelona Museum Pass: Free
With Barcelona Card: 20% discount


Metro: Jaume I (L4), Liceu (L3), Arc de Triomphe (L1)
Bus: 14, 17, 19, 40, 45, 51, 59, 120
Hop-on/Hop-off route: East, West, South (red)


How long does Museu Picasso take?

Planning your day: The curious can run through in half an hour; Picasso fans will want to spend one to two hours.

Last admission is 30 minutes before the museum closes.

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Museu Picasso tours

The museum runs free tours in English Sundays at 11am (but not in August). Book ahead at tel. (+34) 932-563-022.

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The Barcelona Picasso Museum is covered by the Barcelona Museum Pass.

The Barcelona Card only gets you 20% off admission.

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